alfie silly mudraI first took up yoga many moons ago when I was 17, and an aspiring dancer, to develop and stretch my body. And despite developing a really good physical yoga practice at a young age, the true effects and spiritual benefits of yoga never really took hold.   I practiced on and off for many years after .

However after a serious car crash and the unexpected death of my father 10 days later, it was at this point I used yoga as rehabilitation to my damaged body and broken soul. Through having a wonderful inspiring teacher I was gently able to incorporate pranayama (yogic breathing) to help release tension in recovering muscles and I believe this helped release the tension in my overwhelmed mind and gradually help knit my broken heart back together.

The beautiful moment which led me to the journey of teaching was when pregnant with my second son. Being slightly restricted by a growing bump the purpose of yoga came to me while sitting in a pregnancy yoga class. I wasn’t in that room to be the bendiest person in there and the purpose was not to work my body into beautiful shapes and asanas. I was there just to be as I was in that Moment. Fully aware of my breath my body and the response of my growing little person in that time. In stillness I found what I needed.

boys yogaYoga brought me comforting awareness to my changing body and the growing life in me as well as releasing the aches and pains that can sometimes accompany making a whole new wee person.

Through pregnancy I’ve seen yoga in a different light, it’s empowered me with tools and techniques that even now my children – who are their own little practicing yogis – still benefit from today.

In my prenatal classes I aim for an all inclusive, safe yet effective informative yoga practice  – whether new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, the classes aim to inspire and bring empowerment.

In recent years Ashtanga has been my practice of choice and I have the honour of furthering my teachings with John Scott & Lucy Crawford Scott, David Keil and Greg Nardi.

Email Heather on – heatherburnsyoga@gmail.com

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